SOURCE: Virgin Mobile USA

Virgin Mobile USA

November 13, 2009 09:00 ET

Virgin Mobile USA's Broadband2Go Goes Broader

Expands Distribution to RadioShack Stores, Sam's Club, and Online at, and

WARREN, NJ--(Marketwire - November 13, 2009) - Virgin Mobile USA, ( (NYSE: VM) today announced that it is expanding the retail footprint for Broadband2Go, a 3G nationwide wireless Internet service without an annual contract, monthly subscription or activation fee. Retailing at $99.99, Broadband2Go can now be purchased directly from as well as over 1,000 Best Buy Mobile stores, over 4,300 Radio Shack stores, Sam's Club kiosks via Radio Shack, and as of December 1, 2009.

Extending its pay-as-you-go mantra from mobile phones to wireless, activation is simple and megabytes can be added as often as needed with credit/debit cards or Virgin Mobile Top-Up cards. Top-Up cards can be used to purchase data usage from 100MB to 1 gigabyte on the pay-as-you-go model. A new Broadband2Go-branded Top-Up card for $20, which customers may use to purchase 250MB good for 30 days, translates roughly into 12 hours of web browsing. Other data plans are available at $10, $40 and $60, and any Virgin Mobile USA Top-Up card can be used.

Key Features

--  No monthly fee
--  Plug and play with automatic installation.
--  Built-in usage meter lets you know how many megabytes you have left in
    your Broadband2Go Plan.
--  "EVDO Rev A" technology for even faster data transfers.
--  Doubles as a flash drive with microSD™ reader (microSD card sold
--  Compatible with PC or MAC

"Between expensive data plans with annual contracts and having to search for a café offering Wi-Fi, there's been limited options for those in need of on-the-go nationwide connectivity without big commitments," said Bob Stohrer, Chief Marketing Officer, Virgin Mobile USA. "We are very excited to expand distribution and make the product even more accessible right in time for the holidays and gifting."

Verizon Prepaid Broadband              Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go

         MB/GB                                  MB/GB
Price    included   # of days          Price    included   # of days
-----    --------   ---------          -----    --------   ---------
$15      75MB       1 Day              $10      100MB      10 Days
$30      250MB      7 Days (1 Week)    $20      250MB      30 Days
$50      500MB      30 Days            $40      600MB      30 Days
                                       $60      1GB        30 Days

*Rates as of November 11, 2009

The MC760 Broadband2Go device operates on the Sprint Nationwide Network and was developed in conjunction with Novatel Wireless (NASDAQ: NVTL).

"If you look at our prepaid competition, their services are either priced above Virgin Mobile (in the case of Verizon) or well below ours in terms of speed and bandwidth (as is the case with Cricket)," continued Stohrer.

About Virgin Mobile USA, Inc.

Virgin Mobile USA, Inc., through its operating company Virgin Mobile USA, L.P., offers millions of customers control, flexibility and choice through Virgin Mobile's Plans Without Annual Contracts as well as pay-as-you-go and contract offerings, with national coverage powered by the Sprint PCS network. Virgin Mobile USA is known for its award-winning customer service, with 90% of its own customers reporting satisfaction.

Virgin Mobile USA's full slate of smart, stylish and affordable handsets are available at approximately 40,000 top retailers nationwide and online with Top-Up cards available at approximately 150,000 locations. Advanced contract devices like the Ocean 2 and unlimited All-in voice plans can be explored at Learn more about Virgin Mobile USA at Facebook and Twitter.